When I was five years old I had my first “Oh-my-gosh-I’m-so-proud-of-myself” moment. I drew this cartoon character and to my little eyes, it was absolutely perfect. In that one instance, I was hooked. I started asking for “How to Draw” books, begged for watercolors, markers, pastels, and anything I could get my hands on. In high school, I took art, ceramics, and photography. Not too long after I met my husband. We followed each other through art school and continue to make excuses to find regular instances to create something–anything. In the beginning, we both painted. Sometimes side by side and sometimes in opposite rooms. Eventually, I followed a separate path in education and he went on to graphic design. I started teaching art and photography when I was 23 years old. Soon, two kids sucked up all of our creative energy. I went two long years without any creative outlet in my life. I tried painting again and it proved to be very difficult with little hands wanting to touch everything. Then I tried photography and started shooting weddings (which I hated). I longed to travel again, but I couldn’t seem to make it work with two young kids. Somewhere along the lines, stories started popping up in my head that begged to be written. They were really awful in the beginning! But I couldn’t stop–I finally found something that I could pick up during naps and other odd hours.
That was five years ago. I’m taking pictures again. I still write. I don’t paint unless its on a computer. But, I found sanity through the process.
In Between the Rest is about my journey on finding creativity amongst the strains of everyday life, writing during the in-between moments, and trying to figure it all out. My name is Jessica Becker and I’m an artist, photographer, and writer.
Join me while I search for those creative moments that everyday life tends to steal.